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Notes: Sometime around two years ago a friend of mine in London saw “No Freedom Without Sacrifice” written across one of the many protest placards waved regularly outside the Zimbabwean Embassy. It arrived to me via camera-phone a few hours later. It spoke to me loudly. Not only of Zimbabwe (where I’d lived for 3 years in my childhood) but about life on many levels. It taps into a variety of reference points for me, from friends at home to Curtis Mayfield, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Martin Luther King all the way to Jesus. | Oh yeah, the drum session with Cousin J was heavy. He just ripped it!!! Musically this track is inspired by the theme from the film Rocky. In particular when he’s running through the dark at 3am!

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No Freedom Without Sacrifice (repeated)
There is no freedom without sacrifice

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from No Freedom Without Sacrifice, released June 8, 2009
[A. Brooks]
Drums: Cousin J
Piano: Testament
Vocals: Hannah Atkins, Aarron Jackman, Amanda Coley, Taylor Jackson, LATTY, Sam Jones, Danielle Francis, Gemma Jackman, Testament

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Homecut is the brainchild of MC/producer Testament. Conscious lyricism, live instrumentation and mix of Soul, Hip-Hop and sonic experimentation mark out Homecut on the UK landscape. The critically acclaimed debut album “NO FREEDOM WITHOUT SACRIFICE” features collaborations with Corinne Bailey Rae, Soweto Kinch, US rap legend J-Live, Andreya Triana and members of the Cinematic Orchesta. ... more

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